Leopardstown chase win for Newcastlewest's Mark Enright
TWENTY-YEAR old talented five pound claiming jockey Mark Enright, from Newcastlewest, scored the biggest win of his blossoming racing career at Leopardstown races on Saturday, on the heavily supported 25/1 to 9/1 chance Farrells Fancy, in the richly endowed and valuable Grade A Leopardstown Chase of €75,000 over 2ml 5f.
Trained at Carrigtwohill by Terence O'Brien, Enright had the winner right in contention from the outset. Jumping well he was taken to the front three but was being strongly challenged by Sweet My Lord at the last. That one departed the scene, but a new danger emerged in Sweeney Tunes, which produced a strong challenge, but Enright got down into the drive postion and stayed on powerfully to just hold the runner up by a head in a thrilling finish.
This was the winning jockey and trainer's biggest win of their respective careers to date.
The Ber Bua Syndicate, who are the lucky owners, include Cork football manager Conor Counihan., who exclaimed in the winners enclosure "this is every bit as good as winning an All-Ireland."
Despite the massive gamble on the winner, the trainer's post-race comments were quite interesting as he explained: ''I was going to take him out this morning because of the terrible ground conditions, but the syndicate were anxious to run. We had this race in mind for him for a long time but I did not fancy him on the ground. If it had been good ground I would have really fancied him. He was keen during the race, but just got home. We will probably go for a novice handicap chase at Cheltenham with him now."